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Legendary race driver, car designer Carroll Shelby dies

FILE - In this March 23 2005 file phoCarroll Shelby stands next 2006 Ford Shelby CobrGT500 AuShow New York. The

FILE - In this March 23, 2005 file photo, Carroll Shelby stands next to the 2006 Ford Shelby Cobra GT500 at the Auto Show in New York. The car is based on the automobile's late 1960s counterparts. Shelby, the legendary race driver and Shelby Cobra sports car designer, has died at age 89. Shelby's company Carroll Shelby International says Shelby died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at a Dallas hospital. He had received a heart transplant in 1990 and a kidney transplant in 1996. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

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Updated: May 11, 2012 3:22PM



DALLAS (AP) — Legendary race driver and Shelby Cobra sports car designer Carroll Shelby has died at age 89.

Shelby’s company Carroll Shelby International says Shelby died Thursday at a Dallas hospital. He had received a heart transplant in 1990 and a kidney transplant in 1996.

The one-time chicken farmer had more than a half-dozen successful careers during his long life including car manufacturer and African safari tour operator.

Shelby first gained fame in the automotive world by winning France’s grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race with a teammate in 1959.

He then combined a Ford V-8 engine with a British sport car chassis to make the Cobra, which debuted in 1962.

Shelby also later worked on Chrysler’s high-powered Viper sports car.



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